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10 Rugby World Cup Travel Essentials

By Bidvest Bank
Packing your bags and head for the Rugby World Cup in England and Wales this September and October? To help you prepare, here’s a handy list of essentials you shouldn’t leave home without: 

1. Springbok supporter’s gear. No question about it, this goes into your suitcase first. Yes, even before your passport. And not just a shirt, the whole look – scarf, beanie, flag, everything. If you’re travelling to the Rugby World Cup with the family, get them kitted out too. If you’re missing some Springbok regalia, stock up on kit at www.sarugbyshop.co.za.

2. First aid kit. Stash this in the bottom of your backpack for any Rugby World Cup emergencies. We recommend plasters for blisters, sunscreen (on the off chance that the sun makes an appearance), headache pills, and something to give your hangover the boot after a long night of celebrating. 

3. Comfy shoes. These are a must for any travels, but especially when there’s an excellent chance you’ll find yourself standing in long queues waiting to get into stadiums. Don’t forget to pack enough pairs of clean socks too. 

4. Raincoat. It may be autumn, but let’s face it, when doesn’t it rain in the UK? Better to be safe than soaked through at halftime. 

5. Ear plugs. Not only are these perfect for blocking out the screaming baby next to you on the flight over, but you may also find that you also need them to block out the sounds of the Rugby World Cup supporters in the next room celebrating into the wee hours.

6. Portable USB battery pack. The last thing you need is for your phone battery to die at the exact moment that Bryan Habana is about to fly over the try line. A portable USB battery pack will keep the video rolling through every nail-biting moment.

7. SD storage cards. Let’s face it – this is the trip of a lifetime. So, make sure you have more than enough storage space for all the footage you’ll be shooting and selfies you’ll be snapping.

8. Smartphone apps. These days, there’s a smartphone app for everything, including a Tower Bridge augmented reality app that lets you see the bridge being raised in a 360-degree panoramic video. www.visitlondon.com and www.walesonline.co.uk are great starting points to find the best apps to use as a UK visitor.

9. Rugby World Cup Playlist. Get your gees on with your favourite stadium anthems. We recommend Queen’s We Are The Champions, Thunderstruck by AC/DC, Survivor’s Eye Of The Tiger, and a South African classic, Nkalakatha by Mandoza.

10. World Currency Card™. This convenient card will give you quick access to money wherever you’re watching the game – and anywhere else you travel without needing to carry foreign currency in hard cash. Pre-load your card with up to 17 currencies, then draw cash at over 2 million ATMs worldwide, or swipe it at any merchant that accepts MasterCard.